Forecast: Turning Cooler One Day at a Time
Highs in the 50s today; Feeling like the teens by Sunday.
It's the mark of a truly mild pattern when temperatures behind a cold front are still as much as 10 degrees above normal. Highs are bound for the low to mid 50s today -- safely above the average of mid 40s -- in the wake of a cold front that pushed through last night, triggering evening showers and thunderstorms and closing the book on yesterday's record highs in the low 70s. Gradually, temperatures will turn cooler and eventually downright cold, with highs in the 40s on Saturday and in the 30s on Sunday with a biting wind that could produce wind chills in the teens.
Sun and clouds, low to mid 50s. Behind yesterday's cold front, it will be quite breezy with winds out of the northwest at 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph at times. High temperatures will max out in the low to mid 50s in most spots as skies feature some clouds but also a good amount of sun. Mostly clear and colder overnight, with lows ranging from the upper 20s to near 30 in suburban spots like Herndon and Gaithersburg to near 35 downtown.
Mostly sunny, near 50. Friday should bring partly sunny skies along with lighter winds. Afternoon highs will probably be within a couple degrees of 50. A weak disturbance may allow for increasing clouds Friday night, which would keep overnight lows in the upper 30s downtown to near freezing across the coolest suburbs.
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend as well as a sneak peek at early next week. And check back later this morning for Andrew Freedman's take on the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak.
Upper 40s Saturday; near freezing Sunday. This upcoming weekend will be one of noticeable transition as temperatures drop from slightly above normal levels on Saturday to much below normal on Saturday, courtesy a strong cold front which is likely to push through late in the day Saturday.
Expect more clouds than sun on Saturday, with a stray shower possible and highs in the upper 40s. Saturday night will feature mostly cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers and lows ranging from the mid 20s to low 30s. Then, dramatically colder on Sunday with high temperatures struggling to reach the freezing mark, despite mostly sunny skies, and wind chills spending much of the day in the teens thanks to winds that could reach sustained speeds of 20-30 mph. Clear and very cold Sunday night, with lows ranging from the low to mid teens in places like McLean and Damascus to near 20 downtown.
A LOOK AHEAD
Prepare for mostly sunny conditions on Monday, with chilly highs in the low to mid 30s and overnight lows from the mid to upper teens across the coolest spots to the low 20s downtown.
Slightly milder temperatures are expected on Tuesday, with highs approaching or surpassing 40 and overnight lows predominately in the 20s to near 30.
Seasonable temperatures along with partly sunny conditions can be expected on Wednesday, with highs in the mid 40s and overnight lows from 25-30.
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